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15 smart home essentials under $100 we absolutely love

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Smart-home technology can make …

Home Automation

The top 3 trends that will impact technology progress are not technological

Technology permeates all aspects of our daily lives, be it at work, leisure or managing our health and relationships. And while things like Artificial Intelligence (AI), virtual reality, 5G networks, nano and bio-technologies are constantly in the headlines, there is another less prominent but …


Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar roadways, and more!

Photovoltaic roads sound almost like science fiction, but they're becoming reality in the US. This week Missouri announced plans to pave a section of the historic Route 66 with energy-generating Solar Roadways tiles. In other futuristic transportation news, Russia wants to build a 44-mile-long …

Clean Energy

FenSens turns the average license plate holder into a parking sensor array

Connecting to your phone by way of Bluetooth, FenSens takes an expensive option and turns it into something significantly less expensive, but no less useful.<p>Parking sensors are not cheap. These little bumper-savers can cost hundreds of dollars on their own, and they're often lumped into packages …

License Plates

The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion-dollar business no one saw coming

When Amazon executive Dave Limp first saw the pitch for the product that would become Echo in 2011, his main reaction was doubt.<p>"This is going to be hard," Limp recalls thinking. "It foretold a magical experience. But it would require a lot of inventions."<p>The reaction was understandable given the …


Swatch's first proper smartwatch is a Tissot

Swatch technically released smartwatches last year in the form of the Bellamy and Touch Zero One, but their narrow focuses (payments and volleyball) made them niche tools that you're unlikely to buy. Flash forward to 2016, however, and it's a different story: Swatch has introduced the Tissot …


How Do You Bring Personalized Shopping Technology to Stores? Adobe Has an Idea

These days, shopping on the web is personal — or personalized, rather. Every time you log on to, or open a Net-a-Porter email, you're …


BMW just unveiled its mind-blowing vision for cars 100 years in the future

BMW just celebrated its 100th birthday by unveiling a bold statement on what the future may hold for the automobile.<p>The design study — dubbed the "BMW Vision Next 100" — is what the Bavarian automaker believes the ultimate driving machine could be in the year 2116.<p>"If, as a designer, you are able …


The LunarEpic Flyknit Is Nike's Newest Running Innovation

The mid-top style is available starting today.<p>There's a decent chance that the first thing you'll notice about the LunarEpic Flyknit is the mid-top, sock-like upper. Which makes sense: Aside from helping lock the foot in place when you're running, it gives the shoe its distinctive silhouette …


McDonald's latest Happy Meal transforms into a virtual reality headset

Don't think outside the box, McDonald's says. <i>Transform</i> the box.<p>Over the course of the next two weekends, 14 McDonald's locations in Sweden will offer Happy Meals that, when taken apart and refolded, double as "Happy Goggles" — kid-friendly virtual reality headsets that send the tiny patrons on a …

Virtual Reality

IKEA-Style Home Can Be Built in 4 Days Using Only a Screwdriver

French architecture firm Multipod Studio has come up with a revolutionary housing prototype – the PopUp House. This unique dwelling comes in the form …


7 real innovations in Faraday Future's new concept car

The electric car company Faraday Future revealed its first concept car on Monday evening at a press event in Las Vegas.<p>Unlike some had speculated, the car Faraday unveiled was not it first production car. Rather, it was a pure concept car that aimed to show off the company's design vision and …


The 12 most impressive car innovations we've seen this year

It's not enough to design functional, standard cars that can perform all of the traditional automobile tasks anymore.<p>They have to be smart, …

The innovators: the lightweight tank that turns snorkellers into divers

Dyson Award runner-up Cathal Redmond has invented the Express Dive air tank which can treble the length of time humans can hold their breath underwater<p>As colourful fish were swimming past him off the Greek coast, Cathal Redmond was convinced he had taken some great photos with his first underwater …

Scuba Diving

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We got a hands-on look at the Surface Book — Microsoft’s first-ever laptop everyone’s freaking out about

Microsoft has unveiled what they are describing as "the most powerful laptop on the planet." Here's a closer look at the new hybrid Surface Book.<p><i>Produced by Chris Snyder. Commentary by Steve Kovach.</i><p><b>Follow TI:</b> On Facebook